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ERIC Number: ED514504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 186
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-0474-7
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Interactions of Senior-Level Student Affairs Administrators with Parents of Traditional-Age Undergraduate Students: A Qualitative Study
Winegard, Tanya
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
The purpose of this research was to explore the interactions between senior-level student affairs administrators and the parents of traditional-age undergraduate students. Student development theory had little to say about a role for the parents of college students, yet senior-level student affairs administrators who participated in this study acknowledged spending more time responding to parental concerns, questions, and complaints than they did five years ago. Semi-structured phone interviews were conducted with 16 senior-level student affairs administrators at mid-size, private, highly residential master's colleges and universities according to the Carnegie Foundation's classification (2009). The researcher addressed the grand tour question: How have the interactions between senior-level student affairs administrators and parents changed policies, services, programs, and activities at highly residential, private, four-year institutions of higher education? In the process of addressing this question, the following were explored: (1) What language do student affairs professionals use to describe the trend of increased parental involvement in the lives of Millennial students? (2) What effect has increased interactions between senior-level student affairs administrators and parents had on institutional policies? (3) What effect has increased interactions between senior-level student affairs administrators and parents had on institutional services, programs, and activities? (4) What future changes to institutional policies, services, programs, or activities are suggested by senior-level student affairs administrators as a result of current parental expectations? The findings of this research shed light on the interactions between the parents of traditional-age undergraduate students and senior-level student affairs administrators. Six themes were identified: (1) role of parents in the lives of their student; (2) reasons for parental contact with senior-level administrators; (3) types of interactions that administrators have with parents; (4) institutional response to parental involvement; (5) institutional services, programs, and activities for parents; and (6) senior-level administrators' recommendations for their institutions. The researcher recommends that senior-level student affairs professionals lead institution-wide discussions on a comprehensive approach to partner with parents in order to promote student learning and success. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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